Vietnam extends maternal leave to six months, aims for better wages

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Vietnam legislators passed several amendments to the Labor Law on Monday, raising maternal leave from four to six months starting in May next year.

The law now allows women to leave two months before the due date.

Those preparing for a multiple birth will have one extra month break for each additional fetus.

The new law also requires the minimum wage to "guarantee basic demands of the laborer and their family."

It requires the government to decide on new mininum wages for various regions.

The minimum wages for each business sector will be decided over internal negotiations, but will have to be at least equal to the government's regional wages.

Voted for by 466 of 467 assembly members, the new law has to wait for more than 20 implementation instructions from the government before taking effect.

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